Wasps sign New Zealand international Vaea Fifita ahead of 2021/22 season

Vaea Fifita will make his debut in the Gallagher Premiership next season
Vaea Fifita will make his debut in the Gallagher Premiership next season

New Zealand international Vaea Fifita becomes the latest signing of Wasps ahead of the 2021/22 season.

The 29-year-old will be linking up with his former Hurricanes team-mates Brad Shields and Jeff Toomaga-Allen at the Gallagher Premiership club.

Fifita made his professional rugby debut with provincial side Wellington in 2013 with his Super Rugby debut for Hurricanes coming two years later. Having played 50 games for Hurricanes, he also enjoyed a Super Rugby title with them in 2016.

“I am proud to be joining one of the most historic rugby clubs in the world," he told the club's official website.

“I can't wait to get started on what promises to be a very exciting journey with Wasps. I will be working hard to help the team achieve as much success as possible.

“My family and I look forward to experiencing everything that England has to offer.”

Fifita, who can play at lock and flanker made his international debut for New Zealand in 2017 against Samoa and has gone on to play 11 Tests with his last appearance coming during the 2019 Rugby Championship.

Wasps head coach Lee Blackett is excited about having the services of Fifita and is confident that his experience will be beneficial to the club.

“We have been looking for a quality lock and back-rower and Vaea fits the bill perfectly. We are therefore delighted to be able to bring an experienced international forward like him on board for next season," he said.

“We are all excited to work with him and the strong group of forwards we have at the Club for next season.”